Visit of GICHD representatives
In the period 23-25 November 2020, the Serbian Mine Action Center (SMAC) was visited by representatives of the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), Robert Friedel - Operational Efficiency and Security Sector Liaison Advisor and Armen Harutyunyan - Operational Efficiency Adviser in order to get familiarized with the current situation related to mine action standards and challenges in the Republic of Serbia and undertake steps for possible future support and cooperation.
Representatives of the GICHD had the opportunity to get acquainted also with the problem related to remaining mines and ERW in the territory of the Republic of Serbia, as well as residual contamination and long-term risk management.
During their stay, they visited the expanded business facilities, namely teaching premises with a training ground and site for pyrotechnicians in Grocka, within the SMAC, where recently, for the first time in the Republic of Serbia, the SMAC conducted EOD-Level 1 training course, fully in compliance with the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).
It was concluded that the GICHD could provide support to the SMAC in the development of national mine action standards, training, information management, as well as strengthening of regional cooperation.